2:10 p.m. Sunday
A fast 37 miles south of Philly’s megatropolis is New Jersey’s corn, lots and lots of corn, and Mike Iaconelli is sitting squarely in the middle of it. This is Ike’s home. No city traffic. No noise. A very peaceful modern country home with a wrap around porch, virtually surrounded by cornfields and serenity.
It’s Sunday afternoon and he’s in his boat, which is still hooked up to his Tundra after arriving home late the night before from a 3rd place finish at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open presented by Allstate on Lake Champlain.
Today begins the week Ike could only imagine the past 30 years. A pro tournament, a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, in his beloved Philly, complete with his childhood heroes like Rick Clunn, and modern day peers like Ish Monroe, John Crews and Fletcher Shryock.